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VOL. 131 | NO. 260 | Friday, December 30, 2016

Last Call: Economic Indicator Survey Closes On Dec. 31

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. rightfully is considered an economic bellwether because of the front-line view the package delivery giant has on economic activity thanks to consumers’ purchasing and shipping habits.

2016: YEAR IN REVIEW

Presidential Election Tops Busy Year for Memphis Voters

2016 was an eventful election year in Shelby County, ending with the most popular voting cycle in Shelby County politics: the U.S. presidential general election in November. Slightly more than 60 percent of the county’s voters cast a ballot either during early voting in October or on the Nov. 8 Election Day.

Memphis Bridge Protest Underscores 2016 National Narrative on Race, Police

It was a year to the month since Memphis Police officer Connor Schilling shot and fatally wounded Darrius Stewart during a traffic stop in Hickory Hill. Stewart’s death in July 2015 and a subsequent decision by a Shelby County grand jury that Schilling would face no state criminal charges was still an issue in Memphis. This past July, it became the local face of a resumed national narrative.

Last Word: The Bridge Revisited, The Election Year and Lamar Remains Lamar

One of the biggest stories of 2016 wasn’t planned and the spontaneous nature of the July 10 demonstration that closed the Hernando DeSoto Bridge made it a very unusual story. It was spontaneous and it tapped long held feelings and frustrations. For that reason and others, it is its own story in our continuing review of the year’s biggest stories in Memphis.

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EVENTS

The 58th annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl, featuring Georgia vs. TCU, will be held Friday, Dec. 30, at 11 a.m. at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, 335 S. Hollywood St. Halftime entertainment includes Motown legends The Commodores, high school marching bands, dancers and homecoming queens from across the country. A pregame buffet ($40) starts at 8 a.m. in the Pipkin & Creative Arts Building at the Mid-South Fairgrounds. Visit libertybowl.org or call 901-795-7700 for tickets.

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Logistics Sector Preps for Logging Devices

While Memphis’ distribution and logistics sectors continued to prosper in 2016, legislative changes and proposed improvements to the infrastructure of Lamar Avenue were among the year’s top local headlines for the industry.

SPORTS

Snapshot: Ready for Kickoff

AutoZone Liberty Bowl executive director Steve Ehrhart addresses attendees at the annual Players & Coaches Luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 28 – two days before the Georgia Bulldogs and TCU Horned Frogs face off in the 58th annual event. Friday’s game kicks off at 11 a.m. CST and will be televised on ESPN.

Titaned Up: Success Found In Big Moves, Smallest Details

Most critics of last year’s Tennessee Titans saw unsettled ownership, a revolving door of coaches and a lack of talent at key positions.

Win Against Texans Would Have Psychological Benefits

The 2016 season isn’t going to end the way the Tennessee Titans wanted it to. Last week’s loss at Jacksonville, coupled with a field goal miss by Cincinnati’s Randy Bullock against Houston, extinguished the Titans’ playoff hopes on a Christmas Eve that went from good to bad to ugly – rather quickly. The Titans lost their playoff hopes and quarterback Marcus Mariota to a broken fibula.

Strunk has Provided Long-Missing Ownership Stability

Since becoming controlling owner of the Titans in March 2015, it has become customary for Amy Adams Strunk to spend a half-hour or so on the sideline visiting with coaches and players prior to games.

What Lies Ahead for UT Athletics in 2017

Hey Vols fans, Happy New Year. May your 2017 year in Tennessee sports be better than your 2016 year in Tennessee sports. Perhaps, a fresh start is what we all need. Let’s face it. The Music City Bowl wasn’t where Tennessee wanted the 2016 football season to end. The Vols were picked to win the SEC East Division in preseason and floundered to an 8-4 record in the regular season, 4-4 in the SEC. Their football season was about the norm for most UT sports in 2016: average. Here are some dates to mark in hope of better things ahead in 2017...

Coroner: Heisman Winner Rashaan Salaam's Death Was a Suicide

DENVER (AP) – Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam killed himself after struggling with depression, an autopsy report confirmed Thursday. But investigators will never know whether the one-time running back, whose career included a brief stint with the Memphis Maniax, suffered chronic head trauma from playing football because his family did not consent to those tests.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

The Importance of Giving

The holiday season is the most popular time of year for businesses to give back to a charity of choice. In fact, the National Center for Charitable Statistics reports that more than 50 percent of nonprofits polled in a recent study received a quarter of their contributions between October and December.

Fixed Costs: Overhead That May Be Costing You Too Much

Ray’s Take There’s an old cash flow joke about having too much month at the end of the money. It’s usually more a function of spending than earning. For most people there’s a lot more control over the expenditures side of the equation than there is over the income – at least in the short run. So cutting how much you spend on extras sounds great. But how much of your spending can really be reduced or eliminated? Too much “overhead” can result in disaster.

Looking Forward

SEEDS OF SURVIVAL. I know Cary Fowler, a quiet, unassuming high school classmate and Rhodes graduate whose forward-thinking worldview might very well save the planet. At the very least, what he’s doing gives the world something to look forward to in the new year and beyond.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee: 1st Guilty Plea of 16 Indicted in Gang Crackdown

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say the first of 16 alleged members of the Gangster Disciples street gang who were indicted in May on racketeering charges has pleaded guilty.

Tennessee Transportation Worker Dies 4 Days After Being Injured

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities say a Tennessee Department of Transportation worker has died from injuries he sustained while helping a stranded family on Christmas Eve.

Vince Gill, Amy Grant Top Tennessee Governor Arts Awards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Singers Vince Gill, Amy Grant and Kallen Esperian top the list of winners of the Tennessee governor's arts awards.

ECONOMY

Weekly Applications for US Jobless Aid Fall to 265,000

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, continuing a nearly two-year trend that suggests a solid job market.

HEALTH CARE

With Trump's Victory, GOP Hopes to Overhaul Medicaid

ATLANTA (AP) – When President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January, Republicans will have the opportunity to pull off something they have wanted to do for years – overhaul Medicaid, the program that provides health care to tens of millions of lower-income and disabled Americans.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 312 16,192
MORTGAGES 0 293 18,685
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 0 655 33,126
BANKRUPTCIES 0 237 10,737
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 112 5,198
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 127 11,344
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 94 3,867

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